Sunday Notes and Links

KarasKustoms Ink in Gold

My favorite pen of the week didn’t arrive arrive until mid-week but it’s been my fountain pen of choice since then. It’s the KarasKustoms Ink in gold with a medium nib. The Montblanc Permanent Black ink is along for the ride. I hope to have a Ink review up in the next few days.
Some links of interest…
PSA: Mouse Print* – Sneaky Fine Print»Blog Archive » New Scam Emails Fake Order Confirmations to Shoppers // I’ve received a couple of these that made it through my spam filter. It was an obvious fake to me since i hadn’t shopped at the stores. The email from address and link was also obviously not from the retailer. But this time of year people may be clicking these emails automatically.
Celluloid goodness: Omas Ogiva Vintage – these beautiful pens // I need to stop looking at these Omas photos.
Plimpton’s, A Tradition In West Hartford, To Close As Owners Retire – Hartford Courant // My local (kind of local at least) stationery store is shutting down. It had branched out from stationery but still stocked fountain pen ink, fountain pens, stationery and other pens.
Madrid Pen Show 2014 – Crónicas Estilográficas
Regal 82 William Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict //I never heard of this brand before.
Connecting your paper notebooks with the digital age – Rodrigo Franco – Medium //A great idea I’ll be stealing.
Field Notes “Ambition” – Winter 2014 Colors Edition – Review – // I like the look of these and wanted another ledger style notebook.
Fountain Pen Virus: Patient Zero – The Pen Habit
Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Boardeaux ink
It’s back!

Even though I’m down to eight inked pens (two of which are desk-bound) I’ve still resisted the urge to ink up any more pens. My usage was light this past week so even though the Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux was my most used, and therefore favorite pen again this week, it still has plenty of ink.
Some links of interest…
Serious Nibbage Part 12: Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel – Hey there! SBREBrown // This pen keeps showing up lately and I’m finding it hard to resist adding one to my accumulation.
How-To: Safely Remove & Replace a Pelikan Nib – The Pelikan’s Perch // The easily swappable Pelikan nibs was an early attraction when I added my first Pelikans. Yet I rarely swap nibs, but it’s nice to know I can.
Three Questions With Bruno From Cronicas Estilograficas — The Pen Addict // Cronicas Estilograficas has been in my RSS feed for as long as I can remember. A great site.
A short list of links this week since I was pressed for time and only read the ones that seemed the most interesting (at least to me). You can check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. I’ve yet to read them all myself, but I’ll be reading them over Sunday morning coffee.

Sunday Notes and Links


I’m still using pens I inked up back in October. A few have gone dry so they were cleaned out and put on the shelf. The Model 66 was used enough to go dry but it was refilled and it stayed in the rotation. A Vanishing Point (the Maple Wood) did get inked up because I needed it’s unique (clicky) characteristics. I’m down to nine inked pens. This is a long way of getting to my favorite pen/ink of the week which is the Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux.
Some links of interest from the past week…
Rosetta – ESA on Flickr // Starting things off-topic but these photos are amazing. Sure, the landing wasn’t perfect and it’s not getting enough sun. But the thing was launched 10 years ago and hit a moving comet so a slight miss seems inevitable. There’s still hope it will revive itself when the comet gets closer to the sun.
Montblanc Meisterstück 90 Years Skeleton (2014) – KMPN // I haven’t decided if I like the looks of this pen or not. At them moment I’m on the side of liking it.
One Week With: The Noodler’s Ebonite Konrad — The Gentleman Stationer // A rarely reviewed pen.
Levenger True Writer Select Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict // I’ve never been a fan of Levenger, but I appear to be in the minority.
Review: Parker 51 — Alt. Haven // Despite being a classic I could never get into hooded nibs
Why Analog? – The Cramped
Writing in the trenches – Palimpsest // Some nice advertising history.
Six pens to rule them all? – these beautiful pens // I’m down to 9 inked pens. I’m not sure I can get to six and I’m 99.9% sure I couldn’t stay with six for a whole month.
Guide Sheets Updated: Graph Paper Added! – The Well-Appointed Desk // * A nice resource.*
Great Pen Stores: Kinokuniya Books — The Gentleman Stationer // My local stationary store is closing, but stores like this may make a NYC trip worth it.
Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

Sunday Notes and Links

I may have to give back my FP Geeks pin. I barely touched my fountain pens this past week. When I did reach for pen it was a fountain pen, it’s just that I didn’t reach very often. So no favorite pen this week since I used whichever was handy at the time.
Some links of interest from the past week…
Sailor Nioi-sumire Update – An Inkophile’s Blog // Words to live by – “Keep the ink flowing…”
Sealing the Deal, with a Chop – Penucopia // A type of seal I’d never heard of, until now.
NaNoWriMo – My Analogue Tools – Pete Denison // Pete shares his NaNoWriMo tools. And thanks for the link Pete.
Iroshizuku Yama-Budo Review – The Passionate Penman
Distressing News! – The Frugal Fountain Pen // I love the link of distressed leather.
Noodler’s Habanero ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Among the inks I never use this has to be my favorite. Every time I read a review of it I make a mental note to ink it up but I rarely do.
Brad Dowdy’s sweet setup – The Sweet Setup
Review: A Trio of M101N’s – The Pelikan’s Perch
Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

Fountain Pen Day and Pens For Kid

That headline makes it sound like both of these items are related, but they’re not. Well, they both deserve some publicity and are pen related, but that’s about where the similarities stop.

Fountain Pen Day

Fountain Pen Day is Thursday Friday Nov 7th. (It’s the first Friday of November every year.) You can read all about it at Fountain Pen Day. There’s a lot of pen discounts including Pen Chalet which has coupons, discounts and giveaways. You can find a list of participating retailers at the Fountain Pen Day website.

Pens For Kids

Cult Pens is running their Pens for Kids Christmas Appeal again this year. Last year they sent 21,000 pens to kids that need them. They’ve lowered the cost this year by getting some help with the shipping.
The way it works is you buy a 10 pack of Staedtler Stick pens for £1.00 (£0.83 ex VAT) and Cult Pens throws in another 10 pack. All 20 pens go to children in Ghana who need them for their education.
If you order only the donation shipping will still be added during checkout. If you pay by debit or credit card they will remove the shipping before charging your card. Unfortunately PayPal fees prevent them from removing shipping if you use PayPal. Your credit/debit card may include foreign exchange fees  but that’s not from Cult Pens. Just as an FYI – the charge shows the full amount, including shipping, when it’s authorized but it will come through with the lower amount. The charge hasn’t hit my account yet but I did this last year and it worked perfectly.
Pens for Kids Donation 2014 | Cult Pens